Stir Fried Broccoli is a favorite on the menu at Chinese restaurants and now, that sweet and spicy recipe can be made at home!

Broccoli stir fry is a vegetarian’s dream! Tender florets of broccoli are sautéed and then sauced and garnished with sesame seeds. This is a delish dish for a buffet, and it tastes awesome with rice or served as a tasty side dish! 

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Stir Fried Broccoli


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Broccoli Stir Fry

  • This broccoli stir fry recipe is so easy to make, just a few steps and in one pan!
  • Feeding a crowd? Broccoli stir fry goes with anything and is an economical addition to a potluck or picnic table!
  • We love the classic Chinese take-out version of this recipe, but in a pinch this at-home version satifises that craving! 
  • Mix it up with chicken and beef and even tofu for a heartier entrée!
  • Use a variety of bell peppers for a pop of color!
  • Serve alone or on top of rice, noodles, even on a cabbage slaw as a cold salad. Or serve with Chinese Shrimp Toast and some Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

ingredients to make Stir Fried Broccoli

Stir Fry Ingredients

VEGETABLES The beauty of stir-fries is that they are cooked quickly, preserving the crispy texture of the ingredients. Broccoli & peppers are quickly sautéed with garlic & ginger, but cauliflower, mushrooms, even sliced almonds can be added to the dish! Make it spicier by adding a dash or two of sriracha!

SAUCE This classic sauce is the one that everyone loves, with a base of sesame oil, ginger, and soy sauce. The combination of flavors in this recipe is tangy, sweet, and a little bit spicy. Ultimate umami flavors! 

How To Stir Fry Broccoli

Lovely, fresh, and colorful broccoli turns bright green and stays a little bit crunchy when it’s cooked this way:

  1. Whisk sauce ingredients together.
  2. Sauté broccoli in oil, then add water.
  3. Stir in ginger & garlic, then add sauce & simmer (per recipe below).

Garnish with sesame seeds & serve over rice or as a delicious side dish! 

adding ingredients to pan to make Stir Fried Broccoli

Tips for Success

  • Cut the woody stems from the broccoli pieces so they are all the same size.
  • Fresh ginger and garlic work best for this recipe to bring out the sharp Chinese flavors.
  • Avoid using dried or powdered seasonings.
  • Be sure to follow the recipe ratios exactly. This sauce is too good to do any guesswork on amounts!

Recipe Time Savers

  • Frozen broccoli florets can be used in a pinch, simply add a few minutes to the cooking time.
  • Prepared teriyaki sauce can be used instead of the homemade sauce, but let it cook down to achieve the proper thickness.
  • Try cutting up all the ingredients ahead of time, so that they are ready to cook when the chef is! 


Leftover stir fried broccoli will keep in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Frozen broccoli keeps indefinitely, but it will taste the best if used within 2 months.

Mix leftovers with other fresh veggies like sliced water chestnuts, baby corn, and snow peas for an all-new vegetarian dish. Or dice broccoli, mix with sliced cabbage and make a healthy, energizing wrap for school or work!

cooked Stir Fried Broccoli in a bowl

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Stir Fried Broccoli

Learn how to make Stir Fried Broccoli with this simple & easy recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly


  • 1 bunch broccoli about 1 pound
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds


  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes


  • Peel the tough outer layer from the broccoli stem and cut broccoli into 2" pieces including the stem.
  • Mix sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Heat a large pan with oil over medium-high heat, add the broccoli and cook for 2 minutes. Add 2 Tablespoons water to the pan and cook for another 2 minutes or until water has evaporated.
  • Stir in garlic and ginger cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add sauce mixture and cook an additional 2 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 492IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian

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